July 21st, 2010
11:57 AM ET
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Conservative paper targets Palin for endorsement

The New Hampshire Union Leader published a scathing Op-ed on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper.
The New Hampshire Union Leader published a scathing Op-ed on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper.

(CNN) – Days after her first foray this election cycle into New Hampshire politics, Sarah Palin is getting a chilly reception from one of the crucial presidential primary state's most conservative and influential newspapers.

In a blistering Op-Ed on the front page of the New Hampshire Union-Leader's Wednesday edition, publisher Joseph McQuaid writes the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee knows little about the Granite State and even less about its residents.

"Former Gov. Palin isn't making these endorsements because, as she claims, she has spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here on one day during the 2008 Presidential election. That's still more time than she spent getting to know Ayotte, but it takes quite a bit longer to know New Hampshire," McQuaid writes in the editorial.

Palin waded into the New Hampshire political landscape Monday when she backed former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's Senate bid. The "Mama Grizzly," as Palin called Ayotte, is the frontrunner in a primary race against three other Republicans. Her endorsement was greeted with enthusiasm from Ayotte, herself a social conservative running in a state where Republicans are generally more concerned with fiscal policies.

The endorsement was Palin's first political move in the state, which will once again hold the first-in-the-nation Republican presidential primary in February 2012. No other potential 2012 presidential candidate has weighed in on the contested primary.

"Kelly is the strongest commonsense conservative who can win in the fall," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "I knew I liked her when I met her earlier this year, and I know this Granite Grizzly will represent New Hampshire with distinction in Washington."

Palin has already backed midterm candidates in the other key early states of Iowa and South Carolina, but has not visited New Hampshire since 2008. As the No. 2 on Sen. John McCain's presidential ticket, Palin visited the Granite State once in mid-October of that year.

A spokesman for Ayotte said the campaign is happy to have the endorsement - despite Union Leader editorial - but stressed Ayotte has strong grassroots support in the state.

"The paper is correct that the election will be decided by New Hampshire voters, and Kelly is happy to have more grassroots support and New Hampshire support than all the other candidates combined," said Communications Director Jeff Grappone. "The reality is Kelly Ayotte is the choice of New Hampshire Republicans and conservatives."

Grappone also said the campaign would welcome Palin to come campaign in the state on their behalf.

But McQuaid, whose paper has long played a key role in shaping the state's key presidential primary, says New Hampshire voters should pay little heed to Palin.

"Don't fret over what a "Mama Grizzly" from Alaska does," he writes. "Right now, Granite Staters have more to worry about in keeping bears away from bird feeders."

Howie Kurtz, a Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor, said the Union-Leader editorial is emblematic of the state's independent streak.

"The publisher's column is significant because it plays the home-state card–that is, who is this outsider from Alaska to tell our Republicans how to vote?–in a state that prides itself on its independence," he said.

The paper endorsed the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, though made no mention of Palin in that editorial.


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. TM

    Can't wait to hear how Saint Sarah will refudiate this criticism.

    July 21, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Julnor

    Funny how CNN labels this a "conservative newspaper". Have they ever refered to one as a "liberal newspaper"? Certainly the NYT qualifies.

    July 21, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. harvey 60

    seems like Mama Grizzly's 2012 campaign is starting to fizzly.

    July 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Susan Lewis

    I know it's a lofty wish, but, could someone please muzzle this horse's patoot and send her back under the frozen rock she crawled out from?

    July 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. jd

    Why is this old bag always in the news, She should be chained and watched over like a hawk, Crazy people do funny things.

    July 21, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Palin is an opportunist who cares only about getting publicity and making money.

    She's a proven quitter (governorship of Alaska), liar ("death panels") and a mooch (took a housing allowance from the State of Alaska while living in her own home).

    Why anyone would want her endorsement is beyond me!

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    July 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Realistic

    Good for the paper and Palin just loves to meddle where she is not welcomed.

    July 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is an idiot, a fraud, and a liar. She seems to think all voters are as stupid as she is....

    July 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Jay

    Finally a conservative speaking out against Palin.

    July 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Iowa Chris

    Good, that's the second state in a week that has pretty much told Palin to mind her own business. First New York and now New Hampshire. Maybe she will get the hint that no one cares what she thinks, but I doubt it. She is living in her own world where she thinks she is relevant, where she thinks she is the President (or should be). She can stay away from Iowa. Refudiate that! Terry Branstad doesn't need her help.

    July 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. James Cunningham

    Might is just be that our friend Mr. McQuaid may be something of a sexist in his point of view since he singles out two politically conservative woman to paint with his snarky brush? I believe history shows that this newspaper has a less than attractive record regarding its attitude about women. Somebody please point out the fact that women have been allowed to vote in this country since 1921!

    July 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Louis in Los Angeles

    Has anyone noticed this nitwit has managed to stay in the news every single day since the 2008 election? She cut & ran from her job as Governor of Alaska and has since done everything she can to stay in the media no matter how irrelevant for the sole purpose of staying in the lime light well past her 15 minutes of fame. You are worse than Spencer & Heidi Pratt! You are not a real politician with any real solutions. All you do is say divisive idiotic things and take equally idiotic positions. You do not represent Americans, you only represent the fringe element who are ignorant enough to buy into your rants. You are nothing more a media whore shopping her own reality show. Seriously, stop whoring yourself for the sole purpose of becoming a celebrity and make like Geraldine Ferraro and go away!

    July 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Most endorsements are given as political favors, not because the endorser actually knows anything about the person being endorsed.

    That's just the political system......not a very good one, but no one seems to want to change it, but me.

    July 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Former Republican

    Sarah Palin is very good at parroting slogans, but she has never expressed any plans, details, or serious thoughts about anything. I want to hear thoughtful analysis of issues with concrete proposals for what to do. I am pleased to hear that at least a few Republicans are willing to put issues ahead of mindless slogans.

    July 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. pockets

    Anyone with any intelligence can see thru palin. Her 15 minutes of fame were up along time ago and yet the press still pander to this moron. John McCain must wonder what happened 'back then', and shake his head in bewilderment at it all. He simply has not come out and said he made a terrible mistake for having her as his running mate. It was a huge mistake not only for him but obviously the party. They are a sad lot indeed. Back to the drawing board and thankfully the US has President Obama at the helm now, he is the right man at the right time to lead the country from the misery imposed by the former administration.

    July 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Brad

    Woo Hoo! Even conservatives are beginning to recognize Sarah as the incompetent meddler that she is. I'm moving to New Hampshire!

    July 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Please don't expose Palin to the radical right wackos for the empty promise she is. It's best for the country that they stay in their pink cloud of delusional. They are happiest when their leaders tell them what is real and what is not.
    Keep them in dry depends and they won't care what sign you put in their hand to wave at the fox TV cameras.

    July 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. troyo33

    Enough with the Grizzly!

    July 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Nick

    I'm proud of my state. Someone in her own party is finally calling this psycho's bluff: that she actually knows little to nothing about politics and that virtually everything she has proposed and called for would be detrimental to this country. I'm an ardent Democrat and an Obama supporter. I dislike many Republicans, but John McCain is one that I do like. Not in all ways, but in more than most Republicans. However, his choice of Sarah Palin as his potential VP was ridiculous. There's a reason he began a steep drop in the polls after he named her. Anyone with half a brain can see that she isn't qualified to run anything larger than a supermarket. Just further proof of the quality of people in the tea party.

    July 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. AK Lisa

    Gasp!? Perhaps they should refudiate that statement, LOL

    July 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Peace

    "Joseph McQuaid writes the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee knows little about the Granite State and even less about its residents".
    That is Sarah, she is endorsing people like one who gives names to children without knowing what the name means!

    July 21, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. John Smith

    The Union is simply part of the machine politics defending its turf.

    July 21, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Scott Frohbieter

    Alas the truth is coming out. She only allows interviews with her pals at Fox News. When real journalists finally get a chance to dig deeper the real truth will come out. She is as fake as a three dollar bill.

    July 21, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Palin has done little if any research on who and where she does her endorsements. Stay out of primaries of states you haven't been to in the past 9 months. If you haven't talked to people in the state and the candidate, you have no business endorsing anyone.

    July 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. JB

    OUCH!!!! Oooo that's gotta sting, huh mama grizzly?

    July 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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